If you can name another song by Jim Jones other than his smash hit, "Ballin'" Well, you either listen to a lot of hip hop, or you just refuse to listen to good music. That may or may not have been a shot at Jim Jones. Disclaimer: I am a DJ, but I am not a comedian. However, when I do make jokes with musical references, I make sure to mention irrelevant artists.
Speaking of ballin' and shots, Kevin Seraphin has done his fair share to show DC fans that Kevin Seraphin > Jim Jones. Early on in the season, Seraphin looked more to be a part of the "problem" than being a building piece that could potentially help to be part of the solution. With a young team, it's important to identify the core nucleus early in the players career so that the team knows what they need to do to address personnel needs in the draft and free agency.
Earlier during the season, Seraphin was looking like Jeff Schultz out there (that's a hockey reference for all the Caps fans out there). He was out of position, he was getting out hustled by guys six inches shorter than him, he didn't know how to defend the pick and roll, and with the emergence of Trevor Booker before his injury, it looked like Seraphin's time in DC was reaching its end. Fast forward to Trevor Booker's unfortunate leg injury, Andray Blatche's obesity, and Jan Vesely's "unfortunate" haircut, Kevin finally got the chance to start a string of games and the results have paid dividends for the team. He's developed a chemistry with the guys around him, especially Jordan Crawford and John Wall and it seems like the offense now is flowing through the low post instead of focusing on production from the guards.
All of a sudden we're talking about Kevin Seraphin as a key player to winning games, a good low post presence, and someone who's out hustling people as opposed to finding ways to compare him to bad hockey players and Andray Blatche.
No one deserves that comparison.
More importantly, we're seeing the growth, maturation and confidence growing in our first round pick. As a result, Kevin deserves my apology for writing him off early in the year. Over his last 21 games, Seraphin is averaging nearly 13 points and 6 rebounds a game. That far supersedes his productions from the first 30 games of the season by a wide margin. It's no coincidence that his numbers have increased as the number of minutes have gone up as well.
Every game that Seraphin plays I feel like is more of a learning and growing experience now than it was earlier in the season. I've always been a believer in playing the young guys you draft as much as you can, early in their career to see what they have. You can coach the heck out of them in practice, make them run, do drills, etc but as the cliché goes, "you can't simulate real game situations."
Kevin Seraphin is living proof. Someone who wasn't good enough to even come off the bench early in season and who looked lost when he did, has finally played his way in to growing in the NBA. I think Seraphin needs more playing time and I fully expect him to be included in the starting rotation moving forward in to next season. He's earned it.